Authors: Holly Heshmati; Danyal Farsani
Addresses: Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK ' Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 8900, NO-7491, Norway
Abstract: Engaging with students and building rapport is critical for teachers in order to teach classes, communicate core concepts and emotionally connect with their students. This paper reports on a study that was conducted in a primary school in Santiago, Chile where a sample of 6 selected students (3 boys and 3 girls) wore a mini video camera mounted on eyeglasses in their Mathematics and English lessons. Using google images, frames from the recordings where the classroom teacher appeared in the students' visual field were captured automatically and objectively. The results show that there was a difference in visual engagement of boys and girls at different times of the lesson. Additionally, boys and girls displayed different patterns of visual engagement in their Mathematics and English lessons. Participants paid significantly more attention in their Mathematics lessons compared to their English lessons.
Keywords: visual attention; engagement; classroom interaction; nonverbal communication; eye gaze.
International Journal of Innovation in Education, 2022 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.285 - 291
Received: 29 Oct 2020
Accepted: 21 Nov 2021
Published online: 09 Sep 2022 *